Gym Floor Care

by Lawton Brothers | Nov 04, 2021

Gymnasiums are a focal point for many schools and athletic clubs across the country. As the ‘showcase’ of the facility, good-looking floors are key to conveying a positive message about the school, team, and students accessing the facilities. The secret to a well-kept gym floor is simple maintenance! 

Wood Floors

Wood floors require routine maintenance to maintain their beauty. Wood flooring in courts is used extensively, meaning they require a bit more care and attention to keep in optimal condition. It is perhaps most important to dust mop every day and have proper mats placed near entrances and exits. In addition, street shoes, chairs, and other equipment should avoid the gym floor as much as possible to prevent scratching or other damage – establish clear rules about what objects are approved and only allow the court to be used properly. This is the best and easiest way to promote the longevity of your flooring. 

On a weekly basis, the floor should be chemically cleaned (with a neutral cleaner for a water-based method or a tacking cleaner for waterless). While a mop is effective, an automatic scrubber is far more efficient and can help ensure water isn’t left on the surface of the floor. Hardwood gym floors are fairly resilient, but on a yearly basis, the floor should be recoated to protect the floor and extend its lifespan. 

Rubber Mat Floors

Rubber flooring is extremely durable and low maintenance, making it easy to care for. With its natural resistance to stains, mold, and mildew, it’s like half the work is already done! As is the case with wood floors, it’s important to remove debris from the floor daily. This can be done with a broom or a vacuum, but make sure to use a soft beater brush or no brush at all to prevent scratching the flooring. Stains or spots can be tackled with a soft-bristled brush and a rubber flooring cleaner. 

When opting for a deeper clean, you can use a nylon, microfiber, or sponge mop. As with many types of flooring, avoid adding too much liquid to the floor (especially near seams) as this can damage the flooring. An automatic floor scrubber may also be used for rubber floors or a buffing machine with a soft nylon brush or contact pad. Be sure to avoid abrasive objects that will lead to scratches as well as acidic chemicals (bleach, vinegar, solvents) that will damage the floor. Similar to a wood floor, rubber floors can be sealed to protect them from future damage. Before opting to seal the floor, check the manufacturer’s recommendations to ensure you need a sealer. In most instances, the manufacturer will have a specific recommendation that is best suited for your floor. 

Looking for More Tips and Tricks?

Give Lawton Bros a call today to see how easy it can be to enhance your facility! Our professionally certified staff are ready to help answer your questions and solve your problems together. Give us a call today and see about getting a free audit at: 800.432.0813.

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